Retiring City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who represents parts of the Westside including LAX, is pushing for a rail connection to an area airport, but it's not the Green Line to LAX or the Red Line to Burbank. Rosendahl recently introduced a motion to study a connection between Metrolink, the long-distance commuter rail system, and Ontario Airport in San Bernardino County, reports the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Rosendahl claims fliers will be able to land in Ontario and step off at Union Station within 20 minutes (an Ontario councilman says fat chance, it would take between 40 minutes to an hour to get from Ontario to DTLA via Metrolink--a direct bus between the airport and Rancho Cucamonga's Metrolink station is more sensible, he claims). So, why does Rosendahl, a Westside councilmember, care about Ontario Airport? Because he opposes LAX expansion and believes other area airports should shoulder more passenger burden.
Ontario has seen its relevance drop in recent years, with 7.2 million fliers in 2007 reduced to 4.2 million in 2012. Metrolink to Ontario would require the approval of countless bureaucratic agencies and, of course, money. A rep for Los Angeles World Airports, the owner of Ontario Airport, says LAWA is open to the idea. There's also talk of connecting the Gold Line to OA, but that ain't happening anytime soon.
· LA councilman introduces motion to connect ONT to Metrolink system [Daily Bulletin]